Chic Hollywood hotel Mama Shelter quietly started coming to life this spring on the corner of Selma and Wilcox, right across from Littlefork, and Curbed got the first look inside. The Theirry Gaugain-designed space is part of a boutique chain of international hotels, and is meant to be a mid-level option for anyone looking to stay close to the heart of Hollywood. Word is out among the locals, though, that there’s a restaurant and bar on the bottom floor as well.
Though currently only soft-open as of a week or so ago, the eclectic eatery has started drawing in the neighbors for all-day eats from chef Ben Bailly. Theres coffee, tea, and baked goods in the AM, followed by salads and tartines in the afternoon. As the sun goes down, the corner space leans towards dinner, but with nothing fancy — there’s a short rib shepherds pie, a burger dubbed the Le Royale with Cheese, and some ubiquitous fried chicken.
As for the insides, the restaurant at the base of Mama Shelter isn’t quite as clean and functional as the rooms seem to be, though it does carry through with plenty of that same hip aesthetic. Instead, there are mismatched chairs, funky handprinted details on the otherwise black ceiling, a foosball table out near the lobby, and wide booths that would feel right at home inside the restaurant at the Ace in Palm Springs.
Mama Shelter serves continuously from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily, with free WiFi to boot. The bar portion opens at 5:30 p.m., and the coffee and pastry action runs from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.